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Mahinda appears before commission on fraud

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The former President and his campaign team had allegedly used State television to telecast commercials in support of Rajapaksa on credit and failed to repay the although many requests have been made by the new management. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) today to make a statement over allegations his party failed to pay State media during his bid for another term in office.Rajapaksa is accused of using State media to promote his Presidential election campaign ahead of the January Presidential election, without paying the amount quoted to other candidates. As a result the Presidential Commission appointed by the new Government had begun inquires into the allegations.The PRECIFAC recorded from Rajapaksa last month at his residence and summoned him today for a public hearing. During an election, under Sri Lankan election laws, candidates are treated equally and State media is expected to give equal coverage and accept a fixed amount for advertisements promoting any candidate. Former Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella also appeared before the Commission in relation to the same hearing. read more